Today is the feast of St. Thomas. Doubting Thomas. The guy who gets it wrong one time, and that’s what everyone remembers.
Thomas is my second favorite Apostle after Peter (the Prince of the Apostles and the King of Ready-Fire-Aim), for Thomas’ honesty and humility. And for Jesus’ response to Thomas' honesty and humility.
When Thomas gets confronted with how completely wrong he is, he's honest. He doesn't try to explain it away or ignore it. He does the hard thing, the humble thing, he owns it and deals with it. And Jesus is waiting for him to do just that, with open arms.
If I pass up the chance to help, or stay silent when I should have spoken, I need to be like Thomas. I need to own it and deal with it. Jesus is waiting for me to do just that, with open arms.
Readings for the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/070315.cfm